Hacker group Anonymous targets Logan River Academy

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  • Elisa Brooks Mill Valley, CA
    Nov. 14, 2013 12:57 a.m.

    I recently sent my daughter to Logan River Academy and have nothing but Good things to say about the school, counselors that are unbelievably great, doctors that help with the difficult treatment plans and may include medications. We were going through a very difficult time in life. I investigated many schools. I was well aware there can always be "potential abuse" and questioned Larry Carter the founder at length about how they deal with difficult issues or defiance. I also checked with our school district and they had used LRA in the past for difficult situations. I picked LRA. Yes, they do have "devo" time when there is adolescent defiance and the kids do spend "time out" reading, thinking and not having mainstream life. The time at the school is very structured and this is needed when kids like my daughter get out of control and can't deal with life. My daughter will tell you "the time spent at LRA saved her life and turned it around for the better!" Sounds like the people casting stones here are "troubled teens" that may want to look at everything other than their own issues.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Nov. 13, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    Attacks from 'anonymous' people are cowardly.


    If you have legitimate facts, show them to the world and explain why and how they are legitimate facts. They are either true facts or they aren't.

    If you're not willing to go on public record without a bag of anonymity over your head, be quiet.

  • Vince Ballard South Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    First of all, these hackers are trying to play "god", effect sabotage, and remain anonymous. A sad commentary on them. Second, if you can't control your teen, you are hard pressed to criticize those who must assume that responsibility.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    Shamrock, "these programs" is a pretty general appellation for an industry with much diversity in programming.. I hope when folks comment about a business they do so with specific knowledge of the business. I've known the owners of Logan River for many years and they are honorable people. I have associated with them professionally and respect their ethics and integrity. These are real people. Anonymous, generalized campaigns can do irreparable harm to good people. I hope the authors of the article will investigate and present the other side to this discussion...hoping their reputations are salvageable.

  • Hauulamom Hauula, HI
    Nov. 12, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    Anonymous attacks on any person or institution should be discouraged and comments taken “with a grain of salt”. Attacking in disguise leaves those attacked no ability to clarify the situation or resolve the misunderstanding. It is the perfect opportunity to lie or attack without consequence. These anonymous cyber groups are the modern equivalent of the older version of attackers who wore sheets as they burned crosses. The new cyber groups are just as likely to foster “mob mentality” with some joining in that have had no direct dealings with the person or institution attacked. If there is a legitimate complaint then come forward, show your face and verify that you were in fact associated with this program then give factual evidence including circumstances and dates.
    Elaine Merrill - Hauula Hawaii (not hiding behind a “screen name”)

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    I think that it never hurts to pay attention to programs for youth at risk. However, why would anyone trust a group of people who don't dare use their own names? Anonymous statements are often the most inflammatory because those who make them know that they will not have to face the music if they are wrong or if there is any backlash.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:19 a.m.


    In fact, this industry is NOT highly regulated in Utah. The Utah Legislature bowed to pressure from the companies who operate these programs, and withdrew the sort of regulation that many other states have in place. The youth treatment programs must comply with certain health and safety regulations in order to obtain a license, but very little of the actual treatment program is regulated at all. That's why there have been so many scandals over the years in connection with these programs. Some of them are legitimate, but others are both inept and abusive.

  • PookyBear84010 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    I harbor a high level of suspicion for Anonymous. Too often they behave in a rash way that puts people in danger or unfairly damages reputations and livelihoods. And of course, they are never around to take responsibility for any bad results. It's nothing but a digital lynching.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    I believe that this is an overreaction until proven otherwise.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    Nov. 12, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    Most rational adults realize that any type of boundary setting can be perceived as "abuse" by dysfunctional teens. The industry is highly regulated. Notice the critics don't offer any alternative. They have no solutions of their own.

  • Commenter88 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    Abuse is rampant in this industry. I've heard of many experiences where children have been subjected to treatment that would never be allowed in prison to convicted criminals. Sometimes these teens are not even troubled at all, except to have conflicts with overbearing and domineering step-parents. I know of teens sent to these youth lock up facilities by step-parents who authorized it through false complaints and legal actions in juvenile courts. All the details are sealed and it is remarkably easy to do. Further, the psychological damage of solitary confinement cannot be underestimated, especially at a young age. It is irreversible and is tantamount to torture.